Reaction Mixed To Charges Dropped Against Laurel Grandmother

There's relief for a southern Kentucky grandmother, initially charged in connection with her grandson's death.

Charges against Linda Long were dropped Friday. She was accused of leaving the child in a hot car.

At Parkway Church of God in Corbin, minister Rick Fowler says the grand jury not returning an indictment against Long is an answer to prayer.

"We're ecstatic about the news today. You won't find a nicer more giving, more caring person that Linda Long," he said.

Long was charged with reckless homicide because police said she left her grandson, Madison Nose, in her vehicle while she went inside to work. Long told police she simply forgot Madison was in the SUV that hot October day.

Madison's father was very disappointed in Friday's outcome.

"There was enough evidence to indict. I feel our court system has beyond failed us today," said Jonathan Nose.

But Long's supporters say it was simply a terrible mistake, not a criminal one. The grand jury could have seen it that way, too.

The commonwealth's attorney says there were not enough jurors willing to vote for an indictment.

"By far enough evidence to indict on a reckless homicide charge. And like I said, just a total failure today," said Nose.

Fowler says Long is undergoing counseling and could return to work soon. The church is her support group.

"We don't have answers for everything, wish we did; it would make everything a whole lot easier, a lot less complicated," said Rev. Fowler.

But Jonathan Nose is still looking for justice.

"There needed to be closure for Madison, in a situation like this, He can't defend for himself," said Nose.

Prosecutors call it a tough case and say there's always the possibility the grand jury could review it again.

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